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Seeking Suggestions for Solo Tours

September 30th, 2016

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Hi Val, I’m over 40 and under 60, looking to travel abroad. Which single tours do you recommend? Dina   Hi Dina, You don’t always need a travel buddy; going solo is such a rewarding way to see the world. Not knowing your particular interests, it would be hard to pinpoint specific tours for you […]

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Lad’s Looking for a Layaway Travel Plan

March 12th, 2016

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Hi Val, We’ve wanted to go away over Christmas, but never seem to have the funds to do so. What are your thoughts on a layaway plan? Thank you! – Craig Hi Craig, Layaway travel plans are particularly handy if you’d rather not pay an entire trip off all in one clip. Typically, you’ll have […]

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Answers For a Sweet Trip to Atlantis

September 13th, 2015

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Hi Val, My daughter is turning 16 soon and wants to skip the big bash in favor of a trip to Atlantis. What recommendations do you have to make this birthday a memorable one? Thank you. Daisy   Hi Daisy, How fun is that birthday going to be?! That should certainly be a day your […]

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Looking for Help with a Round the World Trip

February 13th, 2015

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Courtesy: Christine Dayao

Hi Val, I’d like to take a trip around the world for six or seven weeks, going to the same number of destinations. Can you offer a recommendation of a travel agency that can arrange such a trip? Thank you! Julie   Hi Julie, Wow, it sounds like you’ve got an incredible trip mapped out. […]

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When Are Flights Cheapest?

January 29th, 2015

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Hi Val, When are flights cheapest?  Thanks! Laurie   Hi Laurie, Your question is on every traveler’s mind whenever they decide to take a trip. According to a recent Expedia study, Tuesday is the best day to find the cheapest flights. The study also finds that you should start to check two months in advance […]

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Searching for Suggestions for the Big Easy

June 3rd, 2014

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Courtesy: Sheraton New Orleans

Dear Val, Can you please recommend nice hotels and attractions in New Orleans? Thank you, Maribell   Hi Maribell, New Orleans is a popular destination with plenty of deals and lots of entertainment year round. Check out the Sheraton New Orleans, located just minutes from the French Quarter, which features a variety of offers throughout […]

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How Can I Do Disney on a Budget?

May 9th, 2014

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Dear Val, We’re taking our 6-year-old and 2-year-old kids to Walt Disney World in August and would appreciate some money-saving tips. Thank you! -Soledad   Hi Soledad, Your kids must be so excited to go to the “Most Magical Place on Earth”! One of the best ways to save money is to stay on property […]

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Scoping out Suggestions for San Antonio

April 16th, 2014

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Courtesy: San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau / VisitSanAntonio.com

Hi Val, We’re planning a trip to San Antonio in July as we hope to move there within the next year. Do you have suggestions on what to check out? Thank you! -Yolanda   Hi Yolanda, San Antonio is a fantastic city; in fact it was recently ranked among Priceline’s top 20 romantic destinations.  The […]

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Searching for Answers About Aruba

February 6th, 2014

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Hi Val, What’s the cheapest month to go to Aruba? Where can I find a package deal leaving from JFK? Thank you.  -Collette   Hi Collette, Aruba can be a good choice for off-season travel, particularly because the island does not lie within the hurricane belt, so it’s less susceptible to a storm ruining your trip. […]

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They’re All In for an All-Inclusive Cancun Vacation

January 9th, 2014

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Hi Val, We’re going to Cancun with another family in April and we’re looking for all-inclusive, family-friendly resorts. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you! -Rachel   Hi Rachel, You’ve chosen a hot spot for all-inclusive vacations! You may consider staying at ME Cancun or Nizuc Resort and Spa, which were both listed in Travel’s […]

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Considering Italy for Carnival

December 18th, 2013

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Val, what is the best time of the year to go to Rome and where is Carnival? -Julia   Hi Julia, Carnival season in Europe is in February. While it’s a nice time to go, the weather during that time is very cold and because Carnival is a special event, airfare is pushed up. If […]

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A Trip to Trinidad Hits The Right Notes

November 17th, 2013

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Courtesy: Katina Rogers / katinalynn

We’re traveling to Trinidad for the first time for our first family reunion. Can you recommend hotels and special things to do? Thank you in advance. -Lynn Hi Lynn, You’ve certainly struck a chord with your first family reunion. Trinidad is  known worldwide as the Land of Calypso, a style of music that calls upon […]

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